‘In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.’ (Proverbs 16:9)
Last Christmas I received an UP wristband, which is one of these gadgets that monitors your movements through the day. Then you connect it to your computer and you get a summary of what you’ve been doing: how many steps taken; how much active time; how many calories burned; number of steps taken as against the daily target of 10,000.
I’ve found it to be quite a good motivator for keeping more active.
With 10,000 steps as a target, that quickly mounts up. If you achieve 10,000 steps a day, that would add up to approximately 115,000 miles in a lifetime - more than four times round the planet.
It begs the question: are we using our steps wisely? Are we investing our time, resources and efforts in such a way as contributes to the greater good? Do we just take up space and consume resources here on planet earth, or do our lives count for something more?
Our Text of the Week points out that we make plans and seek to accomplish our objectives, but it also assures us that, over and above all that, God ultimately determines our steps.
I love that because it assures me that a greater, wiser hand directs my life. That’s not to say I don’t have real choices to make, and it’s not to say it’s always easy to understand what God is doing, but there is great comfort in knowing that a greater hand is guiding me through it all.
I’ve got to sign off now – I’m going for a run that will take me through the 10,000 target for today.
But more important by far is to live in such a way as is open to where God is taking me.
Rev. David Randall
Free Church of Scotland, Falkirk